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Old 09-24-2012, 02:30 AM   #3
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Gordon Dam - Mueller - Styx Rd

2012-09-15
Distance:384km

Route:

(there's a few straight bits on the route where the phone lost the GPS satellites due to the terrain and where it was mounted low I guess)

I've read they don't put much grease in the bearings when they assemble new bikes so before I get it caked in mud I decided to spend a bit of time stripping it down and greasing the suspension, swing-arm, and head-stem bearings, and putting copper-cote on all the bolts, brake pins, axles and such... Glad I did, all the bearings and bolts were basically dry... Hopefully I'll get a few extra K's out of them now

For a bit of a shakedown ride to make sure it was all back together ok, I headed out to Gordon dam, the plan was to have one last sealed road ride before putting some dirt tyres on...

After 100km I was sick to death of the sealed roads, they bore me, so I stopped and check the bike over, everything seemed ok, so I headed off down Island Rd, a forestry road that runs through the hills that jut out into the southern end of Lake Gordon: (108 to 131km on the route)


After that dirt-fix I was content to cruise along through to Gordon Dam, I was lazy and didn't stop for photos, so I'll throw some in from last time I was out there on the Dominator:

Sentinel Range:


Lake Pedder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Pedder




Gordon Dam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Dam










Then around to Serpentine Dam where I stopped for some pics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpentine_Dam,_Tasmania








Explored a couple of side tracks on the way back, this is a great spot for pics: (around 205km on the route)






With the crappy tyres I was reluctant to do much offroad, but I couldn't help myself, I ended up taking the forestry roads home... Turned off Gordon River Rd (at around 238 on the route) into Scotts Peak Rd, then into Mueller Rd and followed that through to Styx Rd and made my way home with a loop up around Cassons Rd and some new forestry roads that aren't mapped (around 300-312 on the route)... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styx_Valley


I only uploaded 30 seconds of video from this ride to show how bad the wind buffeting around the screen is:


I used 17.3L of fuel for 375km = 21.7 KM/L

All up a nice easy ride Time to put some decent tyres on and start having some fun

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